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July 23, 2013 > Representative Honda announces grants

Representative Honda announces grants

Submitted By Anthony Kusich

Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) announced on July 19, the award of $2.8 million in grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs to aid homeless and at-risk veterans and their families in Silicon Valley. Funding will be spread across three organizations in the region - the Emergency Housing Consortium of Santa Clara County, Goodwill Industries of Santa Clara County, and Abode Services in Fremont.

"These grants will provide vital services to the brave men and women and their families who have served our country honorably. Reducing the VA backlog has been one of my chief goals in Congress, and as a member of the Appropriations Committee, I voted last month with colleagues from both parties to increase VA funding and ensure more claims processors are hired. I will always fight to keep our nation's promises to our veterans," said Rep. Honda

The grants were revealed by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki as part of the VA's Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. Of the Silicon Valley organizations, $2 million was awarded to Abode, $447,000 to Goodwill Industries, and just under $315,000 to the Emergency Housing Consortium. Use of the funding will commence in fiscal year 2014.

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